It has been more than a decade since the transportation industry is highly relying on the mobile freight marketplace. They’ve helped tons of different companies that are participating in open freight market in connecting to each other through the internet. Open freight market is mostly about freight loads covered by freight carriers but it is not under a long term contract. Basically, it’s the largest segment in the truck load freight industry and having 80 percent of trucking companies that have 20 trucks or less, open freight market is here to stay for sure.
But before the existence of freight load boards, freight brokers working for shippers or the shippers themselves need to directly call the freight carriers in person to be able to source the available truck capacity in hauling the freight loads. In all actuality, the value of freight broker to shipper was more of how fast carriers can be sourced in hauling the loads and certified and quality carriers.
From the time when stable and fast internet has came to existence, the freight load boards has come next. As a matter of fact, websites of freight load boards are designed in a way that the published info regarding the open market freight loads are easily seen. They have made it possible for the freight broker in publishing info about the open market freight loads. It lets the freight broker have broader reach in publishing info regarding the loads they can carry.
Numerous loads posted on such freight load boards can cover a distance of at least 500 miles or even more. In relation to the sizes, this could be about FTL or Full Truck Load or LTL meaning Less Than Truckload. They may be standard freight which could be hauled in a standard 53 feet van trailer or freight that require specialized equipment similar to flatbed, drop deck, curtain side, refrigerated, bulk hopper or other trailers that are designed specifically for the kind of cargo being hauled. Freight load board is created in a way that carriers searching for freight to haul can look as per distance, location as well as freight type.
Mobile freight marketplace was a big step in the freight industry from the time it has become available. They made it possible to have faster communication regarding the spot market. With continuous advancements and developments in technology today, freight load boards were not fast enough in adapting to these changes and these, the improvements on its platforms or services are just a tad bit. Most sites whether you believe it or not have not changed the user screen or even the premium sites look the same. But this shouldn’t be a problem so long as it meets its purpose.